This chapter provides a background to the main topics of the book. The book aims to offer a comprehensive ethnography of the Moso traditions with sexual union and family life at their center. It also includes the Moso social institutions, cultural norms, idioms, beliefs, legends, and behavioral customs that existed long before the watershed of 1956 and have continued with modifications up to this day. This chapter analyzes the intellectual pedigree and theoretical relevance of Moso studies, the entry into anthropology and the Moso case, experiences and methods of fieldwork, and the roadmap of this book.
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